The women headed into town for drinks and, after becoming slightly tipsy, decided to visit a restaurant because they “felt cold,” Julia tells Kronen Zeitung. She was soon joined at her table in the diner by a group of men that started serving her vodka. Via the drinks, the later victim was possibly drugged.
Mechthild then lost track of her friend in the restaurant, where Julia had been carried away by four of the men to an apartment inhabited by two of them plus some female relatives. There, 5 more men were waiting. After Julia had been stripped of her clothes the gang rape took place, lasting for over two hours. According to the charges, some of the Iraqi migrants violated Julia more than once.
Bizarrely, all the rapists are relatives, varying in age from 23 to 47 years old. The family’s female members, such as the wives and daughters who also lived in the apartment where the gang rape happened, had earlier in the evening been sent away in order for the men to enjoy some ‘privacy’ of their own. One of the attackers detailed the plan during police interrogations:
“The room should be dark, we had decided, so she did not realise how many of us were present at the time, but she caused trouble by crying so much and sometimes by trying to fight back against us.”Selfies
Following the gang rape, the men made selfies with Julia and then dumped her near a tram station. The disoriented and traumatised victim was then found by passers-by, who brought her to a police station. A navigation app on Julia’s mobile phone made it easy for the detectives to locate the crime scene.
A life destroyed
The actions of the Iraqis, who still state they did “nothing wrong“, caused a total mental and physical breakdown of Julia in June 2016. She quit her job and, soon thereafter, was hospitalised in a psychiatric clinic and diagnosed with severe post-traumatic disorder and depression. Julia on the episode leading up to her breakdown:
“I’ve tried to push it away for some time (…) and tried to function in my work, but I could not concentrate anymore, I was constantly exhausted, and there was nothing that could give me happiness.”The migrants can get up to 15 years jail time for their crimes. After serving their sentences they cannot be deported.
At the time, Julia’s ordeal got little attention in the media, since at the night of the gang rape in Vienna, several hundreds of sex attacks were reported from the German city of Cologne. Gangs consisting of hundreds of Northern African and Arab Muslims sexually harassed and robbed (young) girls and women in the city during the NYE celebrations, a pattern that could be witnessed in several other German cities as well.